The Lions will start the same four players in the secondary for consecutive weeks for the first time this season today at Minnesota.
With safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey already ruled out, Ricardo Silva and Erik Coleman will get the start.
Coleman recorded his first interception of the season in a win over the Jaguars a week ago and Silva had his first career pick the week prior in a win over Seattle.
Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey will start at cornerback.
The Lions will be without defensive starter tackle Corey Williams with a knee injury. Second-year player Nick Fairley will get his third career start in his place.
Receiver Titus Young and defensive end Cliff Avril, who were both listed as questionable on Friday, will play.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy returns to the starting lineup after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Levy was leading the team in tackles before the injury and still ranks third with 37, despite missing two games.
Receiver Calvin Johnson, who was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, will start. Johnson practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday and told reporters this week that his left knee feels better than it did a week ago when he didn’t practice at all but still had seven catches for 129 yards at Jacksonville.
Joining Delmas, Spievey and Williams on the inactive list today are: offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, receiver Brian Robiskie, and quarterback Kellen Moore.
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Safety Louis Delmas will miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury.
Delmas missed the team’s first four games of the season after undergoing knee surgery in August. He made his first start of the season Week 6 at Philadelphia and had an interception in the Lions’ victory. He played the next week in Chicago, then injured the same left knee he had surgery on the following week vs. Seattle on Oct. 28. He hasn’t practiced since and the Lions have ruled him out for Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
The team has also ruled out safety Amari Spievey, who has yet to be cleared for contact after suffering a concussion at Chicago. It’s the second concussion for Spievey in less than a year.
Receiver Calvin Johnson, who practiced Friday for the first time this week, albeit in limited fashion, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Johnson had 129 receiving yards last week at Jacksonville after missing practice all last week and being questionable for that contest.
The Lions have also listed defensive end Cliff Avril (back), offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee) as questionable. Williams and Hilliard didn’t practice Friday. Avril and Young were limited.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring) is listed as probable. Levy has missed the last two game due to injury.
Safety Erik Coleman (toe), cornerback Chris Houston (illness), running back Mikel Leshoure (ankle) and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) are also probable.
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Receiver Calvin Johnson is active and will start today in Jacksonville.
Johnson sat out practice all week with a knee injury, which is the first time the team’s leading receiver has missed an entire week of practice this season.
Johnson has been dealing with the left knee injury for the past few weeks, but has yet to miss a game this season. He came out in warmups with the knee heavily wrapped, but didn’t seem hampered at all running through drills.
He has 41 catches for 638 yards and one touchdown through seven games.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy will not play for a second straight week. He’s been battling through a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week. He, too, went through an extensive pregame workout before it was determined he wasn’t ready to go. Ashlee Palmer will get the start at outside linebacker for a second straight week.
Joining Levy on the inactive list are: safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and receiver Brian Robiskie.
Ricardo Silva and Erik Coleman will start at safety. Jacob Lacey will start at right corner after returning to practice this week after suffering a concussion against at Philadelphia three weeks ago.
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Receiver Calvin Johnson missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.
“He’s done it before,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Johnson not practicing during the week and still playing on Sunday. “He obviously knows our offense, and then his health is the most important thing.
“But yeah, any time your players aren’t out there it’s definitely a concern. An ideal situation is to go practice every day, but by the time you get to the middle of a NFL season, nothing’s ideal.”
Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury for the past three weeks, but this is the first time he’s missed an entire week of practice because of it.
“That’s the main thing, just being ready for Sunday,” Johnson said Thursday. “I have to be out there to help these guys out.”
The Lions have ruled out safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) for Sunday.
Delmas injured the same left knee he had surgery on in training camp in last week’s win over the Seahawks.
Spievey suffered his second concussion in less than a year at Chicago two weeks ago and missed the Seattle game.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy, who also missed the Seattle game and has been limited the last two days with a hamstring injury, is also questionable.
The teams listed seven starters as probable, including: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), linebacker Justin Durant (quad), cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee).
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The Lions will be without three starters on defense as cornerback Jacob Lacey, safety Amari Spievey and linebacker DeAndre Levy are all inactive vs. the Seahawks today.
Lacey and Spievey have yet to be cleared from concussions while Levy has been dealing with a hamstring injury since Monday’s game at Chicago. All three players did not practice this week.
The Lions will also be without rookie cornerback Bill Bentley, who will miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury. Rookie Jonte Green will get his second start at right cornerback opposite Chris Houston.
Fifth-year linebacker Ashlee Palmer will get the start for Levy and Ricardo Silva will start for Spievey at safety.
Coming off knee surgery Sept. 25, defensive tackle Corey Williams made his return to the field at Chicago on Monday, but only played 19 snaps as Nick Fairley got the start. Williams returns to the starting lineup today.
Running back Kevin Smith is also active for the first time in two games. The last time he was active was Sept. 30 vs. the Vikings, but he did not play in that game. He hasn’t carried the football since Week 2 at San Francisco.
The other inactives for the Lions are: tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and quarterback Kellen Moore.
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The Lions will be without starters Jacob Lacey and Amari Spievey Sunday vs. the Seahawks and aren’t likely to have linebacker DeAndre Levy, either.
Lacey and Spievey have been ruled out Sunday with concussions and Levy is doubtful after missing practice all week with a hamstring injury. Ashlee Palmer is likely to start for Levy and Erik Coleman for Spievey.
Cornerback Bill Bentley is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. If he plays, he’ll start for Lacey. If it is determined he can’t play for a second straight game, rookie Jonte Green will get his second consecutive start. Bentley has been limited all week with a shoulder injury.
Also questionable are: defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and receiver Titus Young (knee). Avril and Young were limited in practice Friday, while Delmas sat out.
Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Corey Williams are all probable with knee injuries.
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The Lions were on the practice field for the final time today in preparation for Sunday’s game against Seattle and did so without a number of starters for the portion of practice open to the media.
After limited practice Thursday, receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) sat out today. Game designations will be released at 4 p.m. on the team’s injury report, but expect both players to play Sunday.
That might not be the case for cornerback Jacob Lacey and safety Amari Spievey, who have yet to practice since suffering concussions. Lacey is in danger of missing his second consecutive game, while Spievey suffered his concussion Monday at Chicago.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy missed his second straight practice with a hamstring injury. If Levy can’t play Sunday, expect Ashlee Palmer to start in his place.
Defensive end Cliff Avril returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday with a back injury.
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Because of their game Monday night at Chicago, there were some adjustments made to the Lions’ practice schedule. The team did not practice on Wednesday as head coach Jim Schwartz chose to instead have a walk through for what he called “a mental day.”
“There’s a lot of different reasons to do it and I think the players will be a little fresher as a result,” Schwartz said.
Today, the team was back on the field in the afternoon, and relatively healthy considering this is Week 8.
Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and cornerback Bill Bentley (shoulder) participated in the portion of practice open to the media.
Four players sat out, including: Defensive end Cliff Avril (back), cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), safety Amari Spievey (concussion) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (hamstring).
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The Lions were afforded an extra day of practice today by means of their upcoming Monday night game against the Bears.
Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media, though. Both were injured in Sunday’s victory in Philadelphia and did not finish the game.
Also sitting out practice Wednesday were: defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker DeAndre Levy and receiver Nate Burleson. Avril, Levy and Burleson all finished the game Sunday.
The Lions will not have an injury report today because they play on Monday night, which means we’ll have to wait another day to get word on the extent of some of these injuries.
As expected, rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood was back on the practice field after missing the first six weeks while on the PUP list for an abdominal tear.
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Lions wide receiver Titus Young was one of four Lions who missed the first Organized Team Activity practice Monday after he punched safety Louis Delmas during workouts last week, according to reports.
“I’m not going to be commenting on which guys are here and which guys aren’t,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after Monday’s OTA. “They are all accounted for. We are aware of the reason each one person is not here and not participating and we’ll work through those things as we go.”
Along with Young, safety Amari Spievey and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy did not take part in Monday’s workout.
Schwartz said Tulloch will not participate in workouts through May after receiving an injection for some tendinitis in his knee.
It’s unknown why Levy and Spievey did not practice.
Defensive end Cliff Avril was also absent, but that was expected as he remains without a long-term contract he’s been seeking since the end of the season.
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